New America in the News: 2014

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

U.S. House Votes to Limit NSA Spying | Mashable

June 20, 2014

"Tonight's overwhelming vote to rein in the NSA's backdoor access to Americans' data signals widespread discontent amongst House members over how the USA Freedom Act was watered down by the House leadership in secret negotiations with the intelligence community," Kevin Bankston, the policy director for the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, said in a statement.

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One College Spun A $20k Tuition Hike As A Discount | Vox

June 20, 2014

What Cooper Union is doing is just a more brazen version of that. (Hat tip to the New America Foundation's Kevin Carey for pointing out the Cooper Union announcement on Twitter.) Further reading: What colleges don't want you to know about financial aid ...

How Oligopolies Undermined Competitiveness and Produced Inequality | Naked Capitalism

June 19, 2014

In an important Washington Post op-ed earlier this week, Lina Khan, a policy analyst for the New America Foundation and Sandeep Vaheesan, special counsel at the American Antitrust Institute, describe how lax antitrust enforcement made the US less competitive and more unequal.

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D.C. Public Schools Will Take a Hiatus From Test-Based Teacher Evaluations With Move to Common Core Exams | The Washington Post

June 19, 2014

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has resisted the call for a blanket moratorium on test-based accountability but has offered to consider individual states’ requests for one-year delays. At least five states have been granted a delay, according to Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst for the New America Foundation, a Washington think tank.

The Father Of Net Neutrality Wants to Fix New York Politics | Vox

June 19, 2014

Tim Wu was barely 30 years old when a concept he invented, network neutrality, became a central part of internet policy debates. Now, a decade later, he's not only trying to reinvent the concept for a changing internet, but he's seeking to transform ...

Common Core Caught in Tractor Beam of Presidential Politics for Some Governors | Education Week

June 19, 2014

The longer Jindal's quest for a legal wrench to throw into common core and PARCC in Louisiana goes on, the longer he can continue to hammer away at the standards in public. That wealth of soundbites could be useful in a Republican presidential primary. And Jindal's recent spat through the media with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan over the common core not only won't change any minds, according to the New America Foundation's Anne Hyslop, but politically, the exchange could even help bolster Jindal's conservative bona fides.

Buzz: Unless Senate Strengthens USA FREEDOM, Privacy Groups Will Oppose | Politico

June 19, 2014

"The privacy community had to withdraw its support [for this bill] in the House, and now we are sending an even stronger message," said Kevin Bankston, OTI's Policy Director. “We hope that this unified message will bolster the resolve of our allies in the Senate and improve the chances of Congress quickly passing a strong bill."

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Explainer: What is Common Core and Why Doesn't Bobby Jindal Like It? |The Times-Picayune

June 19, 2014

Louisiana could potentially lose a $17 million federal grant from the Race to the Top program, according to Anne Hyslop of the New America Foundation, because its project is all about implementing Common Core. That's if the standards were dropped.

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Iraq Turmoil: How Extremists Use Social Media To Gain Support | NPR

June 19, 2014

Government clashes continue in Iraq after an attack on an oil refinery. The extremist group ISIS may be responsible. Tell Me More learns how the militant fighters use technology to win supporters.

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Conservative Media Grossly Exaggerate What Bobby Jindal Just Did To Common Core | Media Matters

June 19, 2014

Jindal's announcement was especially notable given that he was initially considered a "staunch supporter when Louisiana signed on [to Common Core] four years ago." As the New America Foundation's Anne Hyslop pointed out, "most of Jindal's objections appear to stem not from the quality of the standards or tests or from the bidding process, but from concerns over federal overreach."

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Twitter Snitch Spills Isis's Secrets | The Daily Beast

June 18, 2014

Brian Fishman, a fellow at The New America foundation and ISIS analyst who has been following the group for years, is cautious about @wikibaghdady's claims but called the account, “at minimum a keen observer of events in Syria,” and “a key source of ...

6/18 Lina Khan: How Corporations Became People You Can’t Sue | The Majority Report

June 18, 2014

Lina Khan a policy analyst at the New America Foundation explains why Amazon is not accountable to customers in the same way as Target, the tobacco settlement and how evidence is made public, how government regulation and private suits have a symbiotic relationship, why Jury awards hold corporations accountable, how a leading liberal justice began undermining civil torts, Mitsubishi V Soler Chrysler-Plymouth, how arbitration has been increasingly imposed on the legal process, why we need Class Action suits, why Congress, how corporate contracts are imposed and what one anti trust cas

Tech Roundup | KCRW

June 18, 2014

In today’s tech roundup, a look at Amazon’s new smartphone - and why the company want to get in on the handheld device game. And there’s new technology that would deliver smells via text.

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Programs:

The Top-Ranked Teacher Education Program Doesn't Have Classes | Vox

June 18, 2014

"You just allow students to move through it at their own pace, and check off the stuff they already know," says Amy Laitinen, deputy director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation, who has written extensively on competency-based ...

More Short Than Venti? | Inside Higher Ed

June 18, 2014

Rachel Fishman of the New America Foundation notes the potential problems with staying above that threshold. Online education may not be right for everyone, yet it is the only option funded. It is far easier for Starbucks to work with one college than ...

Tim Wu Runs For New York State Lieutenant Governor, Promising To Clamp Down ... | Boing Boing

June 17, 2014

Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who coined the term "Net Neutrality," is running for Lieutenant Governor of New York State on a leftist, reform platform that starts with blocking the Comcast/Time-Warner merger. Wu wrote The Master Switch, a ...

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